Are Sanctions the Answer in Ransomware Prevention?

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The recent decline in ransomware attacks suggests that targeted sanctions, consistently and internationally applied, may degrade the ability of cybercriminals to mount ransomware operations.

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The EU and Poland’s Struggle over Rule of Law

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Warsaw must honour its commitments to Brussels so that it can continue to guide the coming hours in Europe.

Sri Lanka: No Recovery without Accountability

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Sri Lanka must confront its past if it is to have a future.

Backgrounder: Turkey’s Safe Zone in Syria


The shifting geopolitics of the Ukraine war have helped to resurrect President Erdogan’s longstanding plan of establishing a sprawling ‘safe zone’ along the border in Syria.

Russia’s Strategy to Destabilize the Balkans Is Working

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The Kremlin is nurturing division throughout the region and threatening the delicate stability that has prevailed since the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia.

India’s Challenge to Belt and Road in Asia

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Though New Delhi can’t match Beijing dollar-for-dollar, the Indian foreign policy establishment is doing everything it can to ensure that Belt and Road does not go unchallenged in Central and Southeast Asia.

Energy and Food Insecurity Will Outlive the Ukraine War

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Fallout from the Ukraine war is just one of many factors fueling energy and food insecurity, both of which are likely to linger long after the conflict is over.

Invading Taiwan Is No Easy Task for Beijing

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Invading Taiwan would involve a host of political and military risks for the Chinese Communist Party, suggesting that it’s still unlikely to occur in the immediate future.

Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan: The Axis of the Middle Corridor

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The Ukraine war has put a premium on alternate trade routes across the Eurasian landmass, and the Trans-Caspian International Trade Route (TITR), or ‘Middle Corridor,’ is one example.

Islamic State’s Primed for Resurgence in Syria

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An ongoing low-level insurgency attests to the fact that Islamic State was never fully wiped out in Syria.

Balkans Heatwave Underscores Climate Security Risks in Europe

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Timely climate-related assistance from Brussels today can help avoid a much worse and much more widespread continental crisis tomorrow.

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